"The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire."
About the Owner- Valorie Gill
I have ridden horses recreationally since I was a child, but did not start to train and ride intensively until after my four boys were grown and I was in my 30's! I started as a Western Pleasure rider but currently train and ride Western Dressage. When I am not riding or giving lessons, I enjoy spending time on the farm with my huband of 30 years, my four boys and their families, and my two grand daughters! (YES.....finally... girls in the family!!!)
I believe that all horses, regardless of breed, age or discipline, must be trained gymnastically in the true classical method in order to reach their full potential. Proper lateral and strength training is essential to achieve symmetry and balance in both the horse and rider. This method of training provides a solid foundation for a confident and relaxed horse/rider team that will be ready for any discpline that you choose! I love sharing this knowledge with others, and truly enjoy giving lessons to both the young and the mature rider!
I have trained with several outstanding Dressage Instructors including USDF Gold Medalist and "L" Judge JoAnn White, and Major Jeremy Beale, who was an Olympic reserve rider for the British Equestrian Team in 1960 and 1964, is an USDF Gold Medalist and is the author of "The Logic of Elementary Dressage".
I have had the honor of attending four - 4 day intensive training riding clinics with Anja Berans Chief Rider , Vera Munderloch from the Gut Rosenhof Riding Institute in Germany. Anja Beran is the author of several Classical Dressage books and holds clinics around the world. Please visit for more information about Anja's Classical Dressage training and her facility. It is through these clinics that I have learned the value of slow and correct strength and lateral training to create a solid and willing partnership between horse and rider.
I have also ridden with Western Trainer and Judge Jeff Geiger from Columbus Ohio and Reining and Dressage instructor Ron Kohloff from Wakeman Ohio.
Cowboy and Western Dressage
I am a Professional member of the Western Dressage Association of America, North American Western Dressage and Cowboy Dressage World.
I am excited to announce that I am the Ohio Ambassador for Cowboy Dressage World and I am working towards obtaining my approved Clinician status with CD.
Cowboy Dressage - Soft Feel (or Fresh Rein) is the guiding principle of Cowboy Dressage. It is a wordless, intimate and for some a spiritual communication within the partnership between horse and rider. Soft Feel is not only sending messages but having sensitivity and awareness to feel and receive the message the horse sends back.
The timing and use of the Release, Relaxation, Preparation and execution are the basic fundamentals of Soft Feel.
Since Soft Feel is the mission of CD it will be scored with emphasis on lightness, harmony, finesse and partnership as a priority. Balance, cadence, carriage, control and performance are additional areas the horse and rider will be judged and scored.
Please visit www.cowboydressageworld.com for more information
Western Dressage integrates the historically validated principles of dressage with the best of western stock horse tradition. It is a systematic and progressive system of training for the western horse and rider, in traditional stock tack with the purpose of enjoying a safe, pleasurable, versatile and useful working horse.
I attended and completed the Western Dressage Association of America's Train the Trainers clinic in Wilmington Ohio in the fall of 2013. Cliff Swanson, was the instructor at the Clinic. I have also had the pleasure of riding with Cliff at a Western Dressage clinic in Northern Ohio. I am excited to teach and help promote this new and upcoming discipline!
Please visit www.westerndressageassociation.org